Mike Miazga 2016-10-07 00:26:40
SOUTHERN PIPE & SUPPLY COMES TO AID OF FAMILY MEMBERS, CUSTOMERS AFFECTED BY LOUISIANA FLOODS Meridian, Miss.-based Southern Pipe and Supply was one of many businesses affected by the recent flooding in parts of Louisiana. And the 2013 Supply House Times Supply House of the Year wasted no time in lending assistance to its family members (Southern Pipe employees) and customers that suffered loss due to the flooding. Southern Pipe Director of Human Resources Ron Black told Supply House Times the distributor’s Denham Springs, La., branch was the only one severely impacted with 6 ft. Of water coming into the building. The Denham Springs location was slated to reopen in mid-September, Black noted, after being closed for about a month. Black said all product on the floor was either damaged beyond repair or is in the process of being cleaned. All flooring and walls are being replaced at the branch and an extensive showroom renovation will have to be completely redone. To help in the aid efforts, Southern Pipe sent a 40-ft. Trailer from its central distribution center to its branch in Baton Rouge. That trailer contained water, generators, pressure washers, cleaning supplies, basic first-aid supplies and tools. Materials in the trailer were made available to Southern Pipe family members and customers. Southern Pipe family members also contacted customers impacted by the floods and offered assistance personally and for their businesses. “Our overall philosophy from the moment the floods hit was to find a way to say YES to any impacted Southern Pipe family member,” Black said. “This includes company, people and financial resources.” Black noted neighboring Southern Pipe branches in Baton Rouge, Hammond, LaPlace and Mandeville, La., have filled in to serve customers for branches impacted by the flooding. Numerous Southern Pipe family members from neighboring branches not impacted by the flood assisted with moving furniture and cleaning out flooded homes. Black said 15 Southern Pipe family members “lost everything” in the flooding, including homes and their contents and automobiles. Southern Pipe paid in full for a normal work week any family members who lost time at work due to the flooding and family members directly impacted were given immediate short-term financial assistance via direct-deposit into their personal accounts to provide immediate emergency cash, Black explained. That type of financial assistance is made possible by the Southern Pipe Family for Family Fund, which was created 11 years ago in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to assist Southern Pipe family members who are impacted by natural disasters or other life-altering events. “Over the 11 years of its existence, the fund has assisted countless family members thanks to the generosity of family members who donate money annually through payroll deduction and donations from many of our manufacturers and manufacturers rep partners,” Black said. “With the recent floods, numerous checks for thousands of dollars have been sent to impacted family members. Now that the water is gone, family members are in the process of accessing their situations and determining what assistance they will need from the Family for Family Fund. ”WINSUPPLY OPENS TWO EASTERN SEABOARD COMPANIES Dayton, Ohio-based Winsupply recently opened two new companies along the Eastern seaboard, Winsupply of Absecon in New Jersey and Winsupply of Rockland in Maine. The openings represent the seventh and eighth companies the distributor has opened during 2016. The new location in Absecon serves contractors in the plumbing, hydronics and new construction industries in Ocean, Atlantic and Cape May counties of New Jersey. The president of the company, Jim Yates, and his team have more than 75 combined years of experience in the plumbing and hydronics industries. Yates previously worked for plumbing supply companies in the region. The Rockland, Maine, location serves plumbing, HVAC and hydronics contractors in the mid-coastal region between Portland and Bangor where Winsupply has existing locations in each of the latter cities. The president of Winsupply of Rockland, Sam Irish, has been with Winsupply for more than 10 years and helped open Bangor Winsupply in 2014. BLACKMAN PLUMBING SUPPLY OPENS NEW JERSEY SHOWROOM Bayport, N.Y.-based Blackman Plumbing Supply recently opened a showroom in Lakewood, N.J., located at 1001 New Hampshire Ave. This is Blackman’s first showroom in southern New Jersey. Equipped with working shower displays, an outdoor kitchen and lighting for every room in the house, the showroom will serve the growing shore market. The showroom displays Kohler, DXV (American Standard) and TOTO products. “This newly opened showroom, which will be connected with our new parts counter, is a space that will work for plumbers, builders, designers and, most importantly, homeowners,” Blackman Vice President of Retail David Lyon said. “As Blackman’s retail business continues to expand into the New Jersey market, we will continue to build beautifully designed showrooms to better serve our customer base.” AD NAMES SPIRIT OF INDEPENDENCE AWARD WINNERS AD’s 2016 PHCP-PVF North American Meeting held at the Gaylord Texan in suburban Dallas included the buying group’s annual Spirt of Independence awards ceremony. In the plumbing category, PACE Supply was named member of the year, while Oatey was named supplier of the year. Bradford White and PHCP distributors Keidel Supply, Blackman Plumbing Supply, Capitol Group and Valley Supply were honored for the plumbing conversion of the year. For PVF, MKS Pipe & Valve was named AD member of the year. Merit Brass was the recipient of the supplier of the year honor. AP Supply and Allied Group were honored for the PVF conversion of the year. On the HVAC side, Auer Steel & Heating Supply was named AD member of the year. Honeywell Genesis took home supplier of the year honors, while Johns Manville and Mingledorff’s were the HVAC conversion of the year winners. Thos. Somerville was the winner of the best field marking summit award and supplier Southwire was the winner of the AD Giving Back award for its work in helping local students with their education. Also honored during the banquet were AD members featured in both the 2016 Supply House Times Young Executives 20 and the 2016 Supply House Times Women in Industry profiles. Somerville and F.W. Webb were honored for the impressive longevity milestones they are celebrating this year. Maryland-based Somerville is celebrating 155 years in business, while 2016 Supply House Times Supply House of the Year F.W. Webb (see coverage on Page 30) is celebrating 150 years. Earlier in the day, AD Chairman and CEO Bill Weisberg gave his annual keynote address to the 1,000 attendees (including more than 180 newcomers) that centered on the conference’s “Ascend” theme and how that relates to the journey of running a business. “AD’s membership and supplier community consists of a collection of overachievers,” he said. “We’ve been able to grow businesses and grow careers by overcoming obstacles. We’ve come through a lot of peaks and valleys and through hard work a lot of people have achieved significant size and scale.” Next year’s AD North American Meeting returns to Kissimmee, Fla., and the Gaylord Palms. —Mike Miazga F.W. WEBB BREAKS GROUND ON NEW DISTRIBUTION CENTER Bedford, Mass.-based F.W. Webb Co., the 2016 Supply House Times Supply House of the Year (coverage on Page 30), recently held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of its planned nearly 1 million-sq.-ft. central distribution facility in Londonderry, N.H. Hailed as one of the largest facilities of its kind in New Hampshire, the facility will replace and be more than double the size of the company’s current CD in Amherst, N.H. “Opening a much larger central distribution facility represents a major investment in our operations and a significant commitment to our customers and manufacturing partners,” said Jeff Pope, president of F.W. Webb. “This huge state-ofthe- art CD will allow us to offer our customers even more and better products, and reach further into the Northeast.” F. W. Webb said the project should be completed by the end of 2017. F.W. Webb plans to retain and transfer all employees at the Amherst CD to the new facility. Additional employees will be hired as needs dictate as the new facility ramps up to full capacity. In other F.W. Webb news, the company is now a full-line distributor of Lochinvar boilers, water heaters, pool heaters, storage tanks, controls, packaged systems and accessories. Webb notes it now is the largest full-line distributor of Lochinvar in the Northeast. ASA TO BE VOTING MEMBER ON AIR QUALITY STANDARD In an effort to be fully engaged in the codes arena, the American Supply Association recently announced it will serve as a voting member in the development of the ASHRAE 62.1 “Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality” standard. Hugo Aguilar, ASA’s director of codes and standards, has been appointed to represent ASA as a full committee voting member. The standard is a nationally recognized and approved American National Standard. The standard specifies the minimum ventilation rates and other measures for new and existing buildings. Aside from ventilation rates, the standard also addresses system and equipment provisions such as variable air volume (VAV) systems, sensors, ducts and drain pans. FERGUSON PURCHASES 13 COMPANIES IN FISCAL 2016 Ferguson recently announced it purchased a total of 13 companies in fiscal year 2016. The acquisitions spanned coast-to-coast and multiple business types including waterworks, plumbing, fire and fabrication and MRO, in addition to eCommerce companies and appliance and lighting showrooms. “We added many reputable companies with talented associates to our portfolio this year,” Ferguson CEO Frank Roach said. “Our acquisition pipeline is strong and we will continue to look for companies that integrate seamlessly with our core businesses and align with our corporate culture and values.” Geographic expansion also is important to Ferguson’s acquisition strategy, the company noted. Ferguson said it focuses on markets where it has a limited presence or high-potential markets. Ferguson Waterworks acquired three Michigan-based waterworks companies — Michigan Pipe & Valve, Lansing, Michigan Pipe & Valve, and Flint and Michigan Meter Technology Group in June and July. The acquisitions expand Ferguson’s geographic footprint in the upper Midwest and provides a full waterworks offering in the state. Ferguson Waterworks now has locations in Flushing, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Warren and Madison Heights in Michigan. The locations offer meter lines and service, and with the acquisition of Michigan Meter, Ferguson Waterworks is now the sole distributor of Neptune Water Meters and AMI/AMR in Michigan. PROGRESSIVE PLUMBING SUPPLY ACQUIRES JOCK AND MELDRUM Warren, Mich.-based Progressive Plumbing Supply recently acquired the assets of Jock and Meldrum Inc. Jock and Meldrum has been a member of the PHCP-PVF industry and the Mt. Clemens and Macomb County, Mich., business community since 1926. As a branch of Progressive Plumbing Supply, it will serve the needs of plumbing and mechanical contractors, as well as industrial and institutional end users in the northern Macomb County area. Verbon Yancy, who has owned Jock and Meldrum for the last 20 years, will remain in the role of branch manager, Progressive Plumbing Supply President Jay Hults announced. APR SUPPLY NAMES AWARD WINNERS At its recent annual awards dinner in Hershey, Pa., APR Supply named Viega its vendor of the year. APR Supply Vice President of Marketing and Emerging Markets Jeff MacDowell presented the award to Viega National Accounts Manager Judy Rump. “The reason we chose this partner as the vendor of the year is because they’ve helped us grow our market share in several categories,” MacDowell explained. “Viega has been a winner for us in 2016. They continue to lead the pack with a recognized brand that continually innovates and is an excellent partner to the wholesale distributor.” APR Supply also named the AD buying group its innovation partner of the year. APR Supply President and CEO Scott Weaver presented the award to AD HVAC Vice President Justin Dunscomb. “AD is an inspirational company,” he said. “They are committed to our success and take great companies and make them even better. They have great leadership, and year in and year out, AD members continue to outperform the market.” FIRST SUPPLY OPENS KOHLER SIGNATURE STORE LaCrosse, Wis.-based First Supply recently held a grand opening for its new Kohler Signature Store by First Supply in the Milwaukee suburb of Wauwatosa, Wis. This is First Supply’s second Kohler Signature Store. The distributor opened the first KSS in the country in Edina, Minn., in 2012. The Wauwatosa event drew an overflow crowd to the LEED-certified showroom (a first for First Supply), which is packed with kitchen and bath products from Kohler, Robern, Kohler Surfaces (tile and stone), Kallista, Ann Sacks and Masterbrand Cabinets. The store offers full kitchen and bath design services, including product selection, design development and project assistance. First Supply is the sole owner and operator of the Edina and Wauwatosa locations. “At the end of the day Kohler and First Supply always are looking for what the consumers and tradespeople want,” First Supply Kitchen and Bath Division COO Katie Poehling told Supply House Times in a video interview at the grand opening. “We are looking for what their expectations are and we strive to meet their expectations even more than they thought we could. We’re always looking to push the needle. The magic in this partnership is we always try to stay one step ahead.” Wauwatosa marks the 12th KSS store in the U.S., joining the Edina location, Natick, Mass. (Supply New England), Bellevue, Wash. (Keller Supply), Burr Ridge, Ill. (Studio41), Glenview, Ill. (Studio41), Chicago (Studio41), Baltimore (Thos. Somerville), Portland, Ore. (Keller Supply), Burlington, Mass. (Supply New England), St. Louis (Crescent Supply) and Culver City, Calif. (Expressions Home Gallery). Kohler is slated to open three more KSS locations in 2016. To view video interviews with Poehling and Kohler’s Michelle Kilmer from the grand opening, visit www.supplyht.com/videos. —Mike Miazga
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